Watch Talks from IMS Engage 2016


IMS kicked off its calendar year with IMS Engage 2016, which took place at the W Hollywood. The day welcomed five insightful pairings of visionaries and accomplished leaders both within music and in other industries. Revisit all the discussions in full on IMS’s YouTube.


IMS Engage 2016 Recap


In its fourth year, IMS Engage saw yet another day of insightful one-on-one conversations between leading minds of music, film and technology. Thank you to all who participated in making this a memorable event.

Keep an eye out for the Talks coming to the IMS Talks page.




Iconic producer ARTHUR BAKER will be in conversation with  Oscar nominated film director JOHN SINGLETON.

Digital entertainment industry veteran and TAG strategic founder TED COHEN will be paired with the President of Music at Universal Pictures MIKE KNOBLOCH.




Pete Tong is omnipresent in any conversation about dance music, and IMS Engage is no different. Bringing his insight as a broadcaster, artist, DJ / producer and tastemaker through his Essential Selection show on BBC Radio 1, Pete Tong will join Bob Lefsetz In Conversation on April 21st. Bob Lefsetz is the author of the renowned newsletter series ‘The Lefsetz Letter’ and accomplished voice in the music industry and topics up for discussion between will range from streaming to Las Vegas to the ever-controversial “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.”




IMS is excited to welcome two major industry pairings as our first speakers for the Los Angeles edition on April 21st. James Barton, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation in conversation with Lee Anderson, VP (East Coast) of AM Only and Marc Geiger, Head of Music at WME in conversation with John MacFarlane, CEO of Sonos are set to discuss at IMS Engage.


IMS Engage

April 21, 2016| W Hollywood

IMS Engage lands in Los Angeles, the cultural hub of worldwide entertainment. We come together at the W Hollywood Hotel for a one-day event that offers a unique platform of one-on-one conversations. Icons of electronic music and the wider-world of film, fashion, finance and futurism come together to break down the barriers and spark inspiring conversation.


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    Quincy Jones

    Legendary musician, producer, entrepreneur and humanitarian.

    Highly impactful career spanning six decades.

    Recipient of 27 Grammys and 79 nominations.


    Seth Troxler

    Seth Troxler is one of dance music’s most recognizable characters, the guy with the big hair and the even bigger personality who doesn’t take himself, or life, too seriously; a straight-up human being who plays by his own rules. These qualities, along with his passion and seemingly endless knowledge of house and techno, have established him as a figurehead for a new wave of underground electronic music that flies in the face of the disposable idiocy of mainstream ‘EDM’.

    “I’ve always been kinda bat-shit crazy”, explains Seth. With his sporadic dreadlocks and well-twizled ‘tache, he comes across part streetwise Lothario, part Napoleon Dynamite’s creepy older cousin. Descended from a family of cowboys and Baptist preachers, he’s part African-American, part Egyptian, part Cherokee Indian but while his heritage is all-American his global outlook transcends his small-city Mid Western origins.

    Seth was born in Kalamazoo, a college town in the centre of Michigan half way between Detroit and Chicago, when his mum was just eighteen. His parents split when he was two but soon after his mum met his step dad who hosted a local radio show in his hometown called ‘Fade2Black’. “He’d play hip hop and early house,” recalls Seth, “but after midnight it would switch over to a show called ‘The Love Zone’ which was straight up fuck-jams. His DJ name was ‘2 Fine’ which was also his car registration plate. He was my father figure.” A pre-teen Seth would be allowed to stay up late and sit with him in the studio. “Being surrounded by that much good music from such an early age there was never an option for me not to become a DJ.” When Seth was fourteen his mum married his step dad and moved to the outskirts of Detroit, “This was a really big jump for me, losing all my friends and moving to such a big city.” A year later his house burnt down and he lost everything apart from, by a strange twist of fate, his turntables and mixer that he’d left at a friend’s house. “After that I dropped out of sport at school and decided to spend all my free time playing records.” His step dad was into early Chicago house like Dance Mania and Trax but living in Detroit he started going to underground techno raves. “I went to the same high school as Matt Dear and a friend of mine’s brother used to go raving with him.” Soon after moving to Detroit Seth threw his first illegal party and booked Magda to play for him. At fifteen he landed a job as techno buyer in Detroit’s ‘Melodies & Memories’ record store working alongside deep house legends Theo Parrish and Mike Huckaby.

    Through working in the record store he met Ryan Crosson, who would come in to buy vinyl from him, and through Ryan met Lee Curtiss and in turn Shaun Reeves who used to throw many of the most notorious illegal raves in Detroit at the time. It wasn’t long before Seth had moved in with Lee and the four found themselves throwing their now infamous ‘Tesh Club’ parties in Lee’s basement (a name taken from the German pronunciation of techno as ‘teshno’). It was there that the magic really began to happen; experiments in psychedelic substances and scientific examinations into the history of house and techno brought about a deep bond between the four, laying the foundations of what would later become their Visionquest partnership. This honeymoon period came to an abrupt halt when Shaun got robbed after a successful New Years Eve party and decided to quit Detroit and make a fresh start in Berlin. It was only a matter of time before Seth, Ryan and Lee followed suit.

    Moving to Berlin was the making of Seth both as a DJ and producer. Just a week after his arriving in the city, having only just graduated from high school, Seth found himself booked to play infamous Panorama Bar alongside Omar-S. He flourished in the permissive German city, and was soon resident at Club der Visionäre, as well as playing regularly at clubs all over world like fabric (London), Watergate (Berlin), Output (New York), Warung (Brazil), Womb (Tokyo), Tenax (Florence), Robert Johnson (Frankfurt), The Rex (Paris), Fuse (Brussels), The Electric Pickle (Miami), plus festivals like The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Glastonbury, Coachella, Sonar and Burning Man. Meanwhile, in the studio he has collaborated with such dance luminaries as Matthew Dear, Art Department, Tiefschwarz, Deetron, dOP and Subb-an in addition to groundbreaking remix work done as Visionquest, who have remixed tracks by Tracy Thorn and David Lynch (yes him). Together their Visionquest project has spawned one of the most exciting techno labels of recent years, plus a multi-deck DJ spectacular that saw the four of them rolling out their Visionquest Thirteen world tour throughout the whole of 2013. The combination of these achievements, alongside constant touring, have resulted in Seth being voted number three, then two and then one in the Resident Advisor Top 100 DJs poll between 2009-2012, and since then he has consistently remained within the top 5 DJs as voted by Resident Advisor fans.

    Last year, Seth consolidated his position at the top of the DJ ladder through his ‘Seth Troxler Goes Clubbing’ concept, returning to those nightclubs that were integral in moulding him into the DJ he is today: with quarterly appearances at fabric (London), Trouw (Amsterdam), Output (New York) and his usual 10 week residency at Circo Loco across the summer. He also began a new project with The Martinez Brothers – Tuskegee – aimed at shining a light on Afro-Latino American dance culture, as well as launching two other record labels: the dance floor focused ‘Play It Say It’, and indie rock label ‘Soft Touch’. The year also saw Seth return to the studio: the Tuskegee label was launched in true analogue style with a raw collaboration between Seth and The Martinez Brothers, titled ‘Space & Time’. Since then Troxler has also teamed up with production partner Phil Moffa for a release ‘Rogue Music EP’ out on Hypercolour at the beginning of the new year, as well as finishing a number of solo productions to be released throughout 2015.

    This coming year will see Seth expanding his Tuskegee brand with The Martinez Brothers, taking it beyond the confines of club culture and into the wider populace, with the aim of introducing the kids of ethnic backgrounds to a world that they may not have thought existed. Simultaneously, the Tuskegee crew will be touring with a number of shows at various venues across the world. In spring, the JESuS concept will come to life: an experiment perfectly in tune with the dance music zeitgeist, JESuS is the summation of four of the biggest players in the contemporary DJ world: Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream und Seth Troxler. Kicking things of with four dates in the USA sandwiched between the Coachella weekends, and following up with a six date bus tour through the heart of Europe. Coupled with innovative video documentation of both legs of the tour, JESuS looks set to be the most unique clubbing experience of 2015. In addition to these two mammoth projects (as well as the usual list of DNA club shows and summer festival appearances) Seth also has plans to expand his Smokey Tails restaurant brand and open a new venture – Disco Dogs – which will be selling traditional all-American hot dogs from within the heart Old Street roundabout in London.


    Chuck D

    American rapper, author and producer.

    Co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy.

    Voted one of the top 50 greatest lyricists of all time.


    David Lynch


    Steve Aoki

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    Russell Simmons


    Jake Udell

    Owner of boutique management company The Th3rd Brain.

    Artist manager and brains behind the fast rise of Krewella and ZHU.

    Marketing genius and one of the youngest entrepreneurs in electronic music.


    Lyor Cohen

    Pioneering American record label exec and co-founder of Def Jam Records.

    Owner of Google backed 300 Entertainment.

    Chairman/CEO of Warner Music Group Record


    Jason Strauss

    Partner of TAO Group, the masterminds of Marquee, TAO, Avenue and LAVO.

    Jason and his partners operate 6 of the top 16 highest grossing nightclubs in the country.

    Transformed Las Vegas into a driving force of EDM clubbing in the U.S.


    Stuart Price

    British electronic musician, songwriter, and record producer

    Acclaimed for work with Madonna, The Killers, and Pet Shop Boys

    Three-time Grammy award winner



    Long regarded as one of America’s top DJs and producers

    Numerous works top charted on Billboard

    Two-time Grammy nominated artists

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    David Grutman

    CEO of MMG Nightlife, an SFX Entertainment Company.

    Ranked #11 in Rolling Stone’s “50 Most Important People in EDM” 2014.

    Managing Partner in Miami’s top rated venues LIV Nightclub and Story.


A unique platform to unfiltered discussion.

IMS Engage provides a one-of-a-kind look into the music industry that places top-tier professionals of the electronic industry in conversation with leaders and pioneers of different genres and backgrounds to learn, share, and gain new perspectives on riveting topics of the moment. These conversations are rare unfiltered, fast-paced glances into the music industry as a whole.




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    • Lounge Chair
    • Glowing Globe Pendant
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    • Large Window Seat


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    Exclusive Amenities:

    • Semi-circular Couch
    • Glowing Globe Pendant
    • Large Bathtub
    • Full Wet Bar
    • Living Room
    • Large Window Seat (not guaranteed in every room)
    • Studio-Style One Bedroom
    • King-Size Bed

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